Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Morning Routine {Printable}

I hate mornings at my house.  It's very very stressful.  Maggie won't get out of bed, I have to tell her 5 or 6 times and Sarah....oh Sarah.......She does great until it's time to get dressed then it all goes south. She is very particular about her clothes, socks and shoes.  Everything has to feel just right or she's not wearing it.  It's a horrible battle every morning and one or both of us end up crying.  It's really awful. This morning she missed the bus because she fiddle farts around and fusses and whatnot, so I told her from now on, she will be ready to leave at 6:30. Her bus comes between 6:40 and 6:45.  It's really exhausting.  SO, I have posted about this before, but I made us a new printable for our morning routine.  I shouldn't have to pay my child to do what she is supposed to do, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  Judge me if you want, I don't care.  I need some sanity in my life.

Click HERE to download

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DIY Monogram

I've been wanting to do this for a while and I've had the materials for a while.  I got the wood letters and paint at Hobby Lobby and I always keep sponge brushes on hand.  Hobby Lobby is my favorite store for craft supplies, among many other things!

I used a sponge brush and had to put about 3-4 coats of silver on the "W", but it turned out looking pretty good.

I hot glued the letters together and hung them on the wall with THESE beauties that I just recently discovered.  I think it looks great on Maggie's wall.   She has had a purple room for a bit, but is thinking of changing to a lighter teal color.  This will still match because she will keep her black and white damask bedding and her furniture is white.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Disney World Day 1

We, reluctantly, decided to take the kids out of school the week of Labor Day and make our way to Disney World in Orlando.  It's really only about a 9 hour drive for us.  To me, that's not bad, I love road trips and our kids travel really well.  I just always make sure I have pillows, blankets, chargers and ear buds, for them of course.

We started off on Saturday August 30 and headed for Jacksonville, FL where my Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Terry live.  We haven't seen their new and I was definitely coveting.

We got there in time to watch the Alabama game and visit with some other family who live in the area that I haven't seen in quite a while.  It was a nice evening.  We got up really early the next day and headed for Orlando!

It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Not bad at all and the weather was turning out to be gorgeous.  Still a little warm for my liking, but I can tolerate the heat a lot better now.  

Finally, we arrived, but we haven't updated the GPS in the car so it was a little rough finding our resort.  We stayed at The Caribbean Beach Resort.  It was our first time staying here and we opted to wait for one of renovated rooms with queen beds.  We were getting a little antsy because it was getting late in the day, we weren't in our room yet, we needed showers and all of our luggage was in the car and snacks were melting.  

We finally got in our room and showered quickly and took off to Hollywood Studios so we could get to dinner at Hollywood & Vine, which was a first and let me say, it was delicious.  Then after dinner we headed over to see the Fantasmic show.  Mike and I have seen it before, but it's been a long time and the kids had not.  We wanted this trip to be full of new experiences and new restaurants.  The kids are older and no stroller needed so we were ready to conquer Mickey and Friends.

Stay tuned for Day 2 of our trip!  It was a loooong day but so very fun!  


Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan and Weekly Goals July 21-27

I really feel like things are about to get kicked into high gear!  Believe it or not, our schools start back August 7 and I feel a little panic setting in.  I think keeping myself organized and making menu plans every week is going to be a huge help.  Instead of having a huge list of things I want to do, I'm going to have small list and not let myself get so overwhelmed.  I do that to myself then I shut down and won't do anything.

So here's my menu plan for the week:

Breakfast choices:
Pancakes (frozen)
Biscuit waffles
Nutella/Cream Cheese
Fruit with agave nectar

Lunch/snacks choices:
Ham/turkey wraps
Lunchables (the small ones)
Nutella to go
Mini muffins


BBQ Pork Roast sandwiches
Parmesan Roasted potatoes

Spaghetti squash with grilled chicken
Red or white sauce
Garlic bread

Corn on the cob
Fried green tomatoes

Chicken pot pie

Not sure

Taking dinner to Mike's mom

Stuffed bell peppers
Baked sweet potato

*Subject to change!  Mike is working security at the Luke Bryan concert two nights this week!  We may eat sandwiches!

Our weekly summer schedule looks a little like this:

Monday: work/camp/body pump class
Tuesday work/camp/barre class
Wednesday: work/ camp/Sarah at gymnastics
Thursday: catch up night at home
Friday: all clear
Saturday: all clear
Sunday: Mike working extra job every other Sunday evening

My goals for the week are:

I really need to work on my recipe binders.  I have SEVERAL binders and a million printed recipes. So, I'm going to work on my breakfast binder this week, getting the recipes in alphabetical order and creating a table of contents.

Of course, this goes along with laundry, floors, etc.  This is my weekly cleaning schedule.  I don't always stick to it, but I do my best.

Hope you have a fantastic week and while you're at it, check out other menu plans at I'm an Organizing Junkie!  Not only can you get great meal ideas, she has a million great ways to get and stay organized!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Before and After (again)

If you will remember this post a while back, I was down 80 pounds.....well, it's been a year since I've had surgery and here are the results!  I couldn't be happier!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday

I keep telling myself that if I would just plan my meals, my evenings would be a lot less crazy!  You would think summer would be full of fun, relaxing, swimming, etc., but NO!  In addition to working full time with an hour commute each way every. single. day., on Mondays and Tuesdays, I'm at the gym.  Also on Tuesdays, Mike works court, Wednesdays is gymnastics with Sarah and Thursdays-Sundays are pretty free, but I am playing catch up with housework and I'm doing two loads of laundry each night trying to keep camp clothes and work clothes clean. Thank goodness I don't have that extra 100 pounds on me anymore, I get around quicker now and have A LOT more energy.

Since I recently bought nearly $300 worth of groceries, and while I had a moment, I thought I would go ahead and hash out the weekly menu plan.  And it goes a little something like this.

Blueberry muffins
Fruit Loops
Breakfast burritos

Ham/Turkey sandwich or roll-up
Grape tomatoes
Goldfish crackers

Monday - Hamburger Helper Buffalo Chicken, green beans, rolls
Tuesday (court night) - Pizza and/or Soup
Wednesday - BBQ Ranch Crockpot Chicken, rice and mixed veggies
Thursday - Pork chops, green beans and rice
Friday - It's pay and hopefully dinner out with friends!

That's what our week looks like!

Check out more weekly menus over at!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sarah's Bedroom Makeover

When we moved in our house (the third one) in the summer of 2006, Sarah wasn't quite a year old and she had the cutest room.  She was still in her baby bed then shortly thereafter, was transitioned to a toddler bed. We had to paint not long after we moved in because that room was also a small den and a textured border paper.  We removed the border paper and put up a chair rail because it left a mark on the wall.  I think the chair rail looks pretty good in there.  Once Sarah moved to a twin bed, we were able to find cute bedding from Target that matched her wall color.  Mike's least favorite thing is painting, but for some reason, he loves to do it.  Kinda crazy, huh?

Unfortunately for Sarah her room is very tiny, not a lot of space to work with in there as far as placement of furniture.  This is what it looked like before the makeover.

Her closet is tiny and poor girl, just has no room for her stuff and toys.  I'm slowing work on that though. Like her "Future Diva" poster?  We made this poster and one for Maggie when we took the girls to see WWE live.  Yes, we are that family (not sure what family that is, but we are it).  We had a great time, but back to the bedroom.

We had been looking and looking for new bedding for Sarah, she is quite picky so we finally found a good chevron pattern from Target and she finally agreed and wanted a decorative pillow and lamp to match.  AND the cool thing about Target's website is that it showed good paint colors to use with the bedding, so I sent Mike off to get the paint and I got the bedding.

One day Mike started painting and got it all done and he did a great job and he even rearranged a little so she would have more playing room.  She has really loved her new bedroom.

She loves that it's so "girly" and she actually sleeps in her room every night which has been a huge struggle in the past.  I love her room too.  I'm currently working on some wall decor for her, but seeing as how I work full time and have a 2+ hour commute every day and a family to take care of, I'm slow in getting it done. Stay tuned for more on Sarah's room and I will be updating Maggie's room too.